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Title: The growing prosperity of on-line dictionaries
Authors: Li, Lan
Subjects: On-line dictionaries
English vocabulary
Issue Date: 11-Jul-2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Source: English Today, July 2005, v. 21, no. 3, p. 16-21.
Abstract: An update on the world's newest lexicographical services. The computer and the Internet have become indispensable to the lives of educated people. As a result, ways of obtaining information have greatly changed. The readership of the printed media appears to have been gradually decreasing, something that may also happen with dictionaries. It has for example been noted that three mediums for dictionaries — paper, electronic gadgets, and the Internet — are now about equally popular with students. Gone therefore are the days when paper dictionaries dominated the reference world. For example, more than 70% of students interviewed at Hong Kong Polytechnic University claim that they use e-dictionaries more often than the traditional bulky paper products: among them, the most 'bookmarked' is the online version of the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Online dictionaries are now therefore the main force in word reference.
Rights: English Today © 2005 Cambridge University Press. The journal web site is located at
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1017/S0266078405003044
ISSN: 0266-0784 (print)
1474-0567 (online)
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